God Won’t Compete For My Attention

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I’m not really a fan of Twenty One Pilots, but their single “Car Radio” comes on my Lukas Graham Pandora station often at work. Before now, I didn’t even realize that was the name of the song. The only part I really know is, “And now I just sit in silence.”

Silence. That was the fifth word for our prayer acronym, A.C.T.S.S. Adoration. Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication. Silence.

I’m used to silence. It’s pretty quiet in my apartment; I don’t have a TV and spend most of my time at work or reading. I think most of the noise comes from my neighbors above me. I’m comfortable with silence; long pauses during conversations or not having the car radio on are fine with me. I’m not comfortable with silence during prayer and that’s what we talked about today at church.

  1. Silence gives God the opportunity to respond.
  2. Silence helps me become aware of God’s presence.
  3. Silence is good for us.

I feel ashamed admitting this, but often times when I pray I fall asleep. Or I rush through my prayer and go about my day. All of my prayers are a one-sided conversation with God where I do all of the talking and he can’t get a word in edgewise. I complain a lot about how I don’t hear God when I pray, but the truth is, I’m not listening to what He has to say. God won’t compete for my attention so when I finally decide to slow down and listen, He’ll be there.

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